Potential Gains on Farms
Short dry-off periods: A short story with great success
In 2009, a project supported by Novalait delivered technical and economic benefits on the feasibility of a short dry-off period (35 days). The Novalait steering committee made knowledge transfer a priority and collaborations for distribution, training and consulting services quickly made the short dry-off protocol accessible to farmers.
A Tool for evaluating heifer nutritional management strategies to increase savings
Novalait supported a study on dairy heifer livestock production conditions whose results appeared in a scientific article. The article is among one of the 100 most cited publications that have appeared in the Journal of Dairy Science since 2010. The project was completed as part of the Pilot Farm Network Program, an initiative established in partnership with Novalait to validate the results of promising research results on the farm. An assessment tool for evaluating nutritional management strategies for heifers, including recommendations on best practices, was developed and made available to farmers, their consultants and veterinarians. Use of the tool aims to improve the production of replacement livestock, specifically by decreasing the age of first calving. The change could potentially reduce livestock production costs by $335 per heifer or $5,000 per the average herd of 60 cows.